Bills of rights in Australia: History, politics and law

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Byrnes, Andrew
Charlesworth, Hilary
Mckinnon, Gabrielle

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We accept the universal right to live in freedom and without oppression, but are our human rights adequately protected by Australian law? Arguments about the need for a bill of rights in Australia have simmered for fifty years. While attempts to introduce a national bill of rights have failed, recently the states and territories have taken on a pioneering role with statutory bills. Bills of Rights in Australia, written by the leading experts in the field, examines the arguments for and against greater protection of human rights. Original and timely, it examines the emerging evidence of the impact of these uniquely Australian bills of rights.

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Byrnes, Andrew, Hilary Charlesworth, Gabrielle McKinnon, 2009. Bills of rights in Australia: History, politics and law. Australia, Sydney: UNSW Press Ltd.

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